Ministry of Health Conducts Global School Based Student Health Survey Print E-mail
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Thursday, 13 October 2011 00:00

Belmopan. October 12th, 2011. The Ministry of Health in collaboration with Center for Disease Control (CDC), Ministry of Education and Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) will be implementing a Global School-based student Health Survey (GSHS) in selected primary and secondary schools across the country.

GSHS is a school-based survey conducted primarily among students aged 13–15 years. The GSHS uses a standardized sampling selection of schools and classes and a common school-based methodology to form the questionnaire. The questionnaire consists of eleven core modules to address the leading causes of morbidity and mortality among children and adults worldwide such as alcohol use, dietary behaviors, drug use, hygiene, mental health, physical activity, protective factors, respondent demographics, sexual behaviors that contribute to HIV infection, other sexually-transmitted infections, and unintended pregnancy, violence and unintentional injury.

The study collects and provides data on health behaviors and protective factors among students to help countries develop priorities, establish programs, and advocate for resources for schools. It is also used to make comparisons across countries regarding the prevalence of health behaviors and protective factors by country for use in evaluating and establishing trends in school health and youth health promotion.

A training workshop was conducted on October 3rd and 4th, 2011 to train survey administrators from across the country. Data collected from selected schools and classes started from October 6th, 2011 and will be completed by October 14th, 2011.

This is the first time the survey is being implemented in Belize but it has been done on numerous occasions in countries in our region. The GSHS was developed by the World Health Organization (WHO) in collaboration with United Nations' UNICEF, UNESCO, and UNAIDS; and with technical assistance from CDC.